This September I was privileged to join in the IWU Blog tour! (Yes, it’s technically October now, but you know how it is.) Please welcome Olivia Hardin.
Author Olivia Hardin
Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement. With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she’s generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl from Port Arthur, Olivia still lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband Danny and their puppy Bonnie.
- · Like you, my dreams often shape or affect my writing. Are any of your current works based on a dream? If so, how was the actual dream different?
Yes, I have a novelette coming out the first of October and it was born of a dream I had about a house I once wanted to buy. In the dream I found a lovely red haired girl rummaging through the refrigerator of the house… from there, the story was created!
- · Your website mentions a group of friends who encouraged you to write. Please tell us more about this wonderful group and how they helped you to make your books happen.
Well I was introduced to these folks through an indie author who had started a writer support group. I have made life-long friends with many of the them and have even had the chance to meet up with several of them in New Orleans earlier this year.
- · What made you decide to self-publish your work? How has that decision worked out for you?
Well, I always wanted to be a writer. When I found out about the rise of self-published authors I was intrigued. Eventually I knew I just had to become a part of it. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
- · What milestones and goals have you reached as an author, and what goals do you have for the future?
My immediate goal is to complete the third book in my trilogy to be released at the end of this year. Next year I’ll jump headfirst into my new series. Long-term, I’d like to become a full-time writer so that I can devote time to more in-depth manuscripts.
- · What is your writing process like? How do you organize your writing into a book?
I shoot from the hip. Lol! Really, I have no idea where the story is going until it takes me there. I just follow the characters along for the ride and let them direct me. It is always fun and exciting that way.
Witch Way Bends
Book 1 of the Bend-Bite Shift Trilogy By Olivia Hardin
ISBN-13: 978-1467986427 ISBN-10: 1467986429
Devan Stowe has only one thing on her mind when she teams up with Kent Crosby and his associates—putting an end to her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination takes her on a journey to discover her true strength and the… one man she was destined to love. In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. Devan will unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more things than she ever imagined possible.
Praise for Witch Way Bends
“Devan is a character I could easily relate to and care about. She is strong, yet vulnerable […] While she is struggling with a horrid past, she uses it not as a weakness, but as the strength she needs to move forward and make things right.”
Witch Way Bends is on my review list!
Book 2 of the Bend-Bite Shift Trilogy By Olivia Hardin
ISBN-13: 978-0615645384 ISBN-10: 0615645380
Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey. On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape… Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…
Praise for Bitten Shame
“I loved how Jill’s stories, past and present, were woven together. ”
Thanks so much for this fun interview, Kate! Happy reading, All.